SSC #226 You are Loved

Tonight I did a card for the Stamping 411 challenge,  It has been over a month since I last posted.  I promise I will not be gone for so long again.  Life has just been a whirl wind this last month.  I used the You are Loved set in the Holiday Mini, and some of the Beau Chateau DSP.  I used the “kissing technique” Diana Gibbs had on her blog mid October, and it is beautiful with this set.    I made a card with the Marina Mist for my husband for our anniversary, but this was done with Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede- I used Pretty In Pink and Soft Suede for Ink, and of course the beautiful striped ribbon in Soft Suede.

Here is the sketch

You are Loved

The card is a loose interpretation of the sketch, but you have to start somewhere.  I am not even sure I remember how to post this blog.  I am a little worried that I have been so busy this last month with a birthday sleepover for my 8-year-old twin girls, mega Stampin’ Up ! event, and my 22 wedding anniversary, and the busy holiday season has not even started with Thanksgiving, my daughter’s 16th birthday, and Christmas right around the corner.   Liking to cook and being crafty can be a curse because I do most of the holidays at my house, thankfully I have three girls and I hope to pass the torch in 15 years or so.  Since I just type this I don’t think I even have time to go to work, and maybe my job would let me take a two month vacation, so I can stamp, plan parties, and cook until January.  I am exhausted just thinking of everything.
Wish me luck! and thanks for visiting 🙂

Spice Cake SSC #221

Spice Cake Composition Book

Just a quick post, this is not a card but a composition book covered in Stampin’ Up! DSP Spice Cake, a Fun Flower made using the designer fabric Spice Cake and one of the new designer buttons, in More Mustard.  I put this together tonight for a quick gift.  Actually it features the bookmark featured in the October Stampin’ Success, a monthly demonstrators’ magazine.  I started with the bookmark but thought it needed to be placed on a book, so I covered the composition with the coordinating DSP.  After I put it together, it seemed to match the challenge at  Stamping 411, .   I have made several composition books this fall, and the removable bookmark is a great idea, because when the composition book is done the bookmark can be reused.  I have been busy with many projects this week, just not much time to make cards.  Tomorrow night I am making 60 cupcakes for my daughters’ class.  Thanks for letting me share. 🙂

Easy Event SSC #220

Easy Events SSC # 220

As we remember September 11th, I have done a great deal of reflecting over the last weekend.  On September 11, 2001, my daughter had just started kindergarten.  I sheltered her from the events that were just so horrific and graphic.  My daughter knew the world had changed, even as a 5-year-old, and she had some perspective since we had taken a trip to see the Statute of Liberty just 4 months earlier.  In contrast my seven-year old twins do not know the meaning of September 11th, I gather they did not discuss it much in school or church.  Today we went to church to celebrate the freedom of religion we enjoy in the United States of America.  Thank you to all the brave souls who protect us so we may know freedom.  Tonight I made Chicken Pot Pie, I think I just needed some comfort food.

I also had a few minutes to work on my husband’s birthday card.    Instead of doing a masculine card, I wanted a happy card.  I used the DSP Big Top Birthday, Real Real Red cardstock,  and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Easy Events is the stamp set, and it is the first time I have used it, but it will not be my last.  The ribbon is one of my favorite, Real Red Striped even though it is retired, I love using it for “man” cards.  As a final touch I used the 2 way glue pen and added some of the new Mica Flakes.  I have mixed feelings about the results but I know the kids will love the whimsy.  It looks like a coconut cupcake on steroids.  I am using the sketch from Stamping 411,, their sketch is always a good starting point.

Have a blessed week, ours will be hectic with several school open houses, and a birthday celebration on 9/13 for my husband.

Sunflower SSC #219

It has been several weeks since I have been able to blog.  To get my mojo back I decided to start with the Saturday Sketch Challenge #219, at Stamping 411,   I used my favorite stamp, Sunflower and the new DSP Spice Cake.  I love, love love the DSP Spice Cake.  Last year one of my favorite color combinations was Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze, this year I am loving Early Espresso and Pool Party.  I decided to cut the sunflower out to give it some depth, and I cut most of the petals.  For the center I used  an Early Espresso marker and some crystal effects.  I know the color in the paper is Soft Suede, but I liked the Early Espresso paper with the print.  I used Daffodil Delight and So Saffron ink pads, and a Daffodil Delight marker to color the sunflower.  I found that rather than stamping the image on the paper, the image comes out better if you place the paper on the stamp and go over it with a brayer.

Sunflower SSC #219

The kids have all gone back to school and we are slowly adjusting to the new school year.  This week we actually had one day that did not hit 90 degrees.  It is nice to have a little cooler weather, which means upper 80’s.  I am glad Florida escaped Hurricane Irene, but I am sorry for all my blogging friends that did not escape the flooding.  I am shocked to see all the damage in the Northeast.

This weekend is low-key, today I got to spend some one on one time with my seven-year old twin daughter, Jennifer.  My husband took my daughter Tracey to the softball open house but Jennifer elected to stay home.  The girls went last week and it was so hot, so I am sure Jennifer thought it would be better to stay home.  We bummed around the house, worked on one of her projects, went to Bed and Bath, and got milk shakes at Dairy Queen.
Thanks for letting me share.

Sunny Fun SSC #216

Sunny Fun

I made this card last night for  my dad’s birthday card using the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #216,   I like starting with a layout to incorporate the ideas floating around in my head.  I used several new products on this card that will be available in the Holiday Mini Catalog beginning September 1st.  The new products are awesome.  The most obvious product used are the Mica Flakes in the shaker card- you are going to love this item.  The second item used was a Shaker Frame, they are so easy to use, although they are a little small.  The largest frame is 1 3/4 inches, so I used two frames together to make my circle a little larger.  The final product is the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I scored the Poppy Parade cardstock at 1/8 inch intervals, you can see the score lines in the picture.  The score lines make the piece of Poppy Parade look like a piece of ribbon.  I have never had a scoring tool, and I can think of so many uses for this product.  I cannot wait to frame with the scoring tool.  The card features the stamp set, Sunny Fun available in the Summer Mini Catalog, DSP Just Add Cake, various Stampin’ Up! markers, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White card stock.

Although this is not your typical “man” card, I loved snow globes as a kid, and shaker cards allow me to revisit the excitement of getting a new snow globe.  My kids like the card, so I am sure “Pa” will like the card as well.  I was also hoping my dad would have cool thoughts.  We have had brutal heat in Florida, and little rain until last Friday.  Thankfully it rained last Friday night, and we have had some rain everyday the remainder of the weekend.  Actually my dad and mom moved to Florida from Connecticut about 45 years ago and my dad loves the heat and humidity.  Yuck! Yuck!

My birthday was on August 5th and my dad’s in on August 12th, so we are finished with the August birthday celebrations.  Guess what I got for my birthday?  New stamping supplies.  I got my big order on Friday and I had a great night during the rain storm unpacking it, and thinking about all the great projects.  We actually had asked some friends over to go swimming last Friday night, so of course we had a huge storm come through.  My neighbor thanked me for asking them over, since that was the key to actually getting some rain.

This week I have been looking at the blog with the Artisan Award Winners for 2011, these artists are awesome if you have some time to check out their blogs you will be amazed.

Have a great week.  Until next weekend.
Donna 🙂

Clearly for You

Clearly for You

Today I created this card for two challenges Saturday Sketch Challenge #214 at Stamping 411, and Colorlab Color Challenge #51 using the colors Calypso Coral, Baya Breeze, and Daffodil Delight,  I do not think I have entered the Colorlab Challenges before but I have been admiring their work.

I used the Clearly for You stamp set for this challenge.  I have had the set since the Spring Mini Catalog, but I have struggle with using it.  Initially the bird reminded me of a blue heron but then I saw someone use it as a flamingo and the lightbulb seemed to go off.  I am going to say the bird is a roseate spoonbill since I live in Florida and call it a day.  This card is a hybrid of many inspirations and I may still tweak it in the future.  I stamped the Top Note Die with the background stamp from Clearly for You and ran it through the Big Shot using the Embossing Folder Vintage Wallpaper, hard to see from the photo.  I stamp the bird stamp in Baya Breeze and then removed the ink with a blender pen, and colored the bird in Calypso Coral and accent with Daffodil Delight.  The sentiment in the corner is from You’re a Gem.    I lightly sponged Calypso Coral on the edge of the punches and around the edge of the card.  Overall I am happy with the results, and my daughter will be using this as a thank you note for instructors at Marine Biology Camp at Jacksonville University because she had such a great time.


Today has been a fun-filled day, and I am ready to go back to work so I can get some rest.  The family went to church, I made this card, meant with my mother to brain storm with her on a project for her garden club, bought and laid eight bags of mulch with my teenage daughter, and cooked a roast for dinner with baked potatoes and honey glazed carrots.   Normally I make mashed potatoes with roast and carrots, and  it was noted  by my family that I took the easy way out and we just had baked potatoes.  I must say, my daughter helped me with the mulch, after a little fussing and I never would have gotten the yard done without her.

Tomorrow is August 1 and I am placing my first order as a new demonstrator.  It is like Christmas, it is my birthday week so I may be a little bad, and order some extra goodies.  I am so blessed, and I am sending you blessings.  Thanks for letting me share- until next weekend.

Open Sea SSC #213










Last night I made a card for my father-in-laws 79th birthday.  My father-in-law was an avid historian of Lewis and Clark, and collected many books on the topic until he moved to a retirement home and donated his collection to a university.  I am entering this card in the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge,  The original card had the design down lower but the second card come out a little better.  Tonight we are have a dinner with the whole family to celebrate his birthday.


The Open Sea












I made the card with The Open Sea globe stamp, and Nautical Expedition DSP.  As you can tell I burned the edges of the paper to give the card a weathered and aged look.  First I used the spiral border punch (must be retired) and then I burned the edges of the DSP.  My family did wonder last night why it smelled like something was burning if I was making cards.  However, I put a wet paper towel on the counter to avoid any disasters.  I cut the globe circle using the Coluzzle.  I cut out just the image of the globe and put it over on top so that I could just sponge the edge of the globe.  I sponged Old Olive Ink on the land and Marina Mist on the water of the globe.  I also cut out the image of the land and placed it on top when I was sponging Marina Mist on the water.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Word Play “Image the Possibilities”.  Since it is a birthday I stamped Big Wish inside the card. I popped the images up with dimensions and used Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla cardstock.  The card is finished with linen thread, which I am lucky I still have since my kids thought it made great string for their homemade bows and arrows.

Thanks for letting me share.

Land of the Free

Land of the Free

I made this card as a thank you card for my friend that hosts a party at her beach front condo on the Fourth of July.  My family went to the party last year and we were invited back this year- woo hoo.  I am also entering it in 2 challenges.

The first Challenge is the Saturday Sketch Challenge #210 at Stamping 411,    I always like to participate in the Saturday Sketch challenges at Stamping 411, and the Operators are such an inspiration.

The second challenge is The Friday Mashup #13.  I participated in their challenge several weeks ago, and have enjoyed following the blog,

The Mashup #13 challenges is as follows:

This week for the Mashup Challenge #13, you are welcome to:
1. Create a project featuring the colors Red, White & Blue.
2. Create a Patriotic themed Project for (any Country).
3.Or “Mash it Up!” and create a Red, White & Blue, Patriotic

So on to my card- I used SU cardstock-Real Red, Whisper White, and Night of Navy.  I used SU Land of Free for the stamp, and inked it with Night of Navy and Real Red.  I used the Night of Navy ink pad (I do not have this color marker) and the Real Red SU marker.  I used the now retired Star punch and retired Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon.  My demonstrator, Lee Conrey was cleaning out her stash, and I was a happy beneficiary of her kindness.  I love the striped grosgrain ribbon, and I am happy to use all the colors even retired.  In the center of the stars I put a silver brad after punching a hole with the SU paper piercing tool.

The dimensions are as follows:

First layer- 5 1/2 X 4

Second layer- 5 1/8 X 3 7/8


First layer-2 1/8 X 3 1/8

Second layer 2 X 3

So now on to some big news- I think I am going to join SU as a hobby demonstrator with their new promotion it is just too good to pass up.  I have been stamping for over 12 years, and I been stamping with my demonstrator Lee Conrey since at least 2006.  Over the years I have been hot and cold, although over the last year I have tried to stamp at least once a week to reduce stress and have some ” me” time.  I mentioned it to my husband last night and since his head did not spin around, I guess that was an OK.  I would love to have any comments or tips about this endeavor.  I also have been using WordPress since I started my blog in October 2010, if anyone that uses WordPress can recommend another design that is stamping friendly I would appreciate it.  Unfortunately I have to wait until July 15th to sign up since I have a big trial week coming up, and new stamping stuff would only become a distraction.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.  I will be waiting on the Casey Anthony verdict from Orlando, FL , innocent until proven guilty.  I am so proud to live in the Land of the Free, the United States of America.

Sail Away SSC #208

Last Night I did my Father’s Day Cards based on the Saturday Sketch Challenge #208 at Stamping 411,  I used the SU Sailing Away stamp and the SU Nautical Expedition DSP.  I love the Sail Away stamp and the DSP, I also bought the Open Sea stamp set so I will be making many more nautical cards.  If you look in the right hand corner of the sailboat there are 2 people sitting in the boat.  The designer paper looks like a map in the background.  I will be ordering more of this paper before the catalog ends.  For this card I used the Top Note Die.  I inked the boat with Early Espresso, the waves with Night of Navy, the flag with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I sponged Bordering Blue (retired) around the boat, using an oval template.  To finish the card I used the new Cherry Cobbler/White Baker’s twine.  On one of the cards I used linen thread but after I worked with the baker’s twine it is nice for masculine cards.  I will be making many more of these probably for birthday cards.  This card was quick and easy to make.  The colors are Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and white.

Father’s Day was nice, and I cooked homemade spaghetti and meatballs for the family and my parents.  This is a favorite meal for everyone.  I need to retire soon.  I have to get up early tomorrow to get my oldest child to Marine Science Camp at Jacksonville University.  It is hard when you have to get up earlier in the Summer then during the school year.

Sail Away

SSC #203 Home Run #2

Homerun Birthday Card

I made this card using Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #203,  I used the Home Run set, and made a birthday card for the nine-year old boy across the street.  The colors were SU Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, and Ballet Blue (retired).  I stamped the baseball and masked it with a cut out from a post it note, and then I stamped off Home Run in Cherry Cobbler and Pacific Point.  I used the paper piercing tool to outline the card and insert, and then outlined with a white gel pen to hopefully look like stitching.  The SU grid paper really help make the dots uniform, although my cat lying on my desk did not help keeping them straight since she was blocking my Ottlite.  The Happy Birthday is stamped on a decorative label punch, punch in half a second time. Someone did this last week and I thought that was really cleaver, especially if you want a smaller label.  Since I am not a demonstrator my punches are more limited, and I have to make every one count.  The final touch is the Red Ridinghood Grosgrain Ribbon.

This has been a busy week once again.  I went to the Stamp Out Breast Cancer event yesterday with Lee Conrey and had hoped to finish my projects last night.  However, I forgot I volunteered to make my mother 6 cards for a garden club installation, and type the description of the officers in the card.  I did get that project finished, and unfortunately I did not take any pictures, but my mother loved them and I will probably make another sample in a few days.  I used the Fun Flowers Die (if you do not have this die- you must get it) and Paisley Petals Green paper, and they came together so fast.  My mother is a hoot however, initially she wanted me to cut out the officer descriptions from a book which looked like it had been typed in 1950 and paste them onto cardstock.  I told her no way was I putting those on good cardstock, so I retyped the descriptions in MDS, and printed them to go inside a card for each officer.

My 15 year has a serious eye infection which resulted in an over the top weekend.  Her infection is so serious the ophthalmologist had us come in for a Saturday and Sunday appointment, and she has to use medication every 1/2 hour.  If you live in Jacksonville and need an eye specialist Dr. Timothy Schneider is your man. I do not know if I have ever had a more compassionate physician.

On a happy note, my twin seven-year old daughters won the eight and under division for softball, and played for the region championship today- they came in second, however, I missed the games because of the eye doctor visits.  They had a great experience.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope all the demonstrators going to Alaska with SU have a safe and wonderful trip.